Anzac Day battles for Townsville RSL

North Queensland Anzac Day services 2019


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Soldiers from 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment joined the Thuringowa parade in 2018.

Soldiers from 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment joined the Thuringowa parade in 2018.

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Anzac Day will be commemorated in cities and towns across the North on Thursday, as residents pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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THOUSANDS of North Queenslanders will gather at Anzac Day services on Thursday to pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Dawn and morning services are scheduled for major cities and towns across the region, with the largest turn out expected in the garrison city of Townsville.

The traditional dawn service will be held at Anzac Park from 5.20am, before the annual parade steps off from Strand Park at 9am.

The Townsville RSL has fought to have their doors open for the solemn day, after it was significantly damaged in the February flood.

However, 'red tape' has prevented them from opening the Hermit Park building, which has been extensively refurbished, ahead of the occasion and plans have instead been made to host events in its Charters Towers Road car park.

A free community Gunfire breakfast, which is open to all ages, will be held from 6am to 8am, after the Anzac Park Dawn Service. It will close from 8am to 10am for march before reopening for an over 18s event, which will include live music and 2up from 11am.

The newly refurbished Thuringowa RSL is expected to draw crowds after both the dawn service at the Thuringowa Cenotaph at 5.40am and following the 9am parade and 9.10am morning service. They will also host a Gunfire breakfast from 6am to 8am for a cost of $5 a head, and will reopen at 10am for a family friendly day.

Around the region, one of the earliest commemorations to take place in the nation will be held at Ingham, with a dawn parade for ex-servicemen and women at 4.15am ahead of the 6am dawn service.

Almost 500 Anzac Day services and marches conducted by RSL Sub Branches will be held in towns and cities throughout Queensland.

To find out what's happening in your town, visit https://rslqld.org/whats-on/anzac-day

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